Moving to a new country can be stressful because there’s a lot of information to get – from finding a new place to live, to public transport, to finding a doctor...but if you have pets, you have one extra thing to think about. You want to make sure you know all the rules and regulations considering bringing your pet to a new country and living there, some of which are: the documentation you need for moving the animal, public transport rules, places for dogs to run freely (if you have a dog), veterinary clinics where they speak English and so on.
The first and foremost is ensuring you have all the needed documentation for moving the pet to the Czech Republic.
Wherever you’re coming from, you have to make sure your pet is identified with a microchip and vaccinated against rabies.
For EU members:
- pets can travel to the Czech Republic 21 days after vaccination
- you will need to obtain an international health certificate from your veterinarian (which is valid for 10 days from the date of the issue) or a European passport
- treatment against tapeworms
For further information, talk to your veterinarian.
For non-EU citizens, the process is a little bit more complicated. Always make sure to check with your veterinarian in case rules differ from country to country, but some of the general rules are:
- rabies antibody test – the pet (dog, cat or ferret) must undergo a rabies antibody titration test
The test must be done at least 30 days after the date of rabies vaccination. After the test is done and you get the results, your pet can travel after 3 months.
- treatment against tapeworms
Your local vet will know the rules depending on the country you’re visiting, but you will probably need a certificate in both local language and English for the border control where the veterinarian will state your pet is healthy and can safely travel abroad (to EU).
Also, as long as you’re on time with rabies vaccination every year, the certificate you get after the antibody test will last forever.
In case of travelling by plane, you will have to make sure your pet is in a carriage that can fit under the seat in front of you and is of certain weight. If a pet is larger and cannot fit in a container under the seat, it will have to be in a larger container which will be placed in the cargo area. However, not every airline allows that.
Another very important thing when you move to the Czech Republic is to register your dog, if that’s the pet you have. Depending on a region, prices vary, but here https://www.praha12.cz/local-dog-fee/d-80420 you have some basic information on that for Prague. Although it’s the website of Prague 12, you can find useful information there, but it’s probably the best to ask your veterinarian in the city, once you settle down. Make sure to check the deadlines for making the payments, because being late can result in a fine.
When you come to Prague, you’ll notice there are many dogs in the city. That’s because Prague is a very dog-friendly city. If you have a dog, you’ll probably want to know where you can take your pooch to run and play with other dogs, while at the same time being safe.
On this website: https://dogcitylife.cz/ you can find plenty of information on where dogs are allowed, from meadows and fenced dog areas, to cafes and restaurants, hotels, grooming places etc. There is an English version of the website as well.
Information on pet tickets on the public transport website of Prague is a little big vague, but the general rule is that dogs must be leashed and muzzled. Pets are allowed on all metro lines, trams and buses, as well as regional trains (there are different rules for different train companies, so please make sure you inform yourself on that before travelling).
Here you can find information on pet travel, but if you don’t find it clear, you can always contact their customer support.
Some of the English-speaking veterinarian clinics in Prague are:
Animal Clinic https://www.animalclinic.cz/en/
Jaggy Praha https://www.jaggypraha.cz/en/
Veterinární ordinace MVDr. Michaely Riedlové https://www.vaseveterina.cz/
Veterinary Clinic Pod Pramenem http://www.podpramenem.cz/
AA Vet https://www.aavet.cz/eng/
Veterina Nebušice https://www.veterinanebusice.cz/
Pet Care Clinic https://petcareclinic.cz/en/home-english/
In case you need to leave for vacation, there are a few ways to find somebody to take care of your pet. Some websites offer petsitters who will take care of your pet. One of them is:
or an international one like:
Of course, you can also find dog and cat hotels and boarding places, and although usually more expensive, your pet(s) will have friends to play with, and some of them are equiped with cameras and have a veterinarian on spot, so you can always check on your furry friend and be sure a team of people is there to take care of them.
What is also worth mentioning that collecting poop after your dog (or cat) when you take them for a walk is obligatory, and if not done, can result in a fine. Depending on a part of the city, you might see poop bags offered beside trash cans, but even if they aren’t, you are still obliged to collect the poop.